[Coral-List] [Fwd: Protecting the Coral Reefs]
Mike.Shelby at noaa.gov
Tue Aug 31 08:00:39 EDT 2004
This message came to me via the Ocean Explorer Web site. If someone
more knowledgeable would answer this question I'm sure she would be
appreciative. Please cc me as I would like to know the answer as well.
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Subject: Protecting the Coral Reefs
Resent-From: oceanexweb at noaa.gov
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 21:42:41 EDT
From: JARSkipper1 at aol.com
To: oceanexweb at noaa.gov
Last Saturday I visited my local Pet Mart store and observed tank after
tank of live coral for sale with little sea anemone like creatures
moving their little arms about or opening and closing. In the same tanks
were tiny shrimp and small star fish. When I asked the clerk told me
they got the coral from the Philippines and the Caribbean. Is this
legal? They also had dead coral for sale.
Isn't there a law against importing live coral for resale? Or for
selling it in the United States?
The store is the Pet Mart at 9699 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL
33708 and their main office is at 4941 E. Busch Blvd. in Tampa, FL 33617.
Please respond and inform me about what regulatory agency to contact.
1900 Bay Blvd.
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
Mike Shelby Mike.Shelby at noaa.gov
National Ocean Service/NOAA http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/
1305 East-West Highway, N/MB62 Communications and Education Division
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Silver Spring, MD 20910
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